by Alyse Mier July 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of Black SquirrelLocals will be able to toast the pornography industry during a tongue-in-cheek event in Adams Morgan tomorrow night.

The Black Squirrel (2427 18th St. NW) is scheduled to host its first ever “panty party” to celebrate National Porn Day tomorrow night from 4-7 p.m.

The happy hour will include food specials such as the aptly named Kim Kardashian burger, which wedges two beef patties between “you-have-to-be-kidding buns.”

The event will also include beer and giveaways of nylon panties, Bowman said.

Black Squirrel owner Amy Bowman said the idea first came about during a conversation about the names of different craft beers.

“I was talking to some women in the hospitality industry and we started talking about some of the ridiculous names that beers have,” Bowman said. “It’s clearly misogynistic and they’re named by men who didn’t get laid in high school.”

The event will showcase some of the worst offenders, such as Burley Oak’s “Just the Tip,” Elysian’s “Men’s Room Red” and Sixpoint’s “Sweet Action.”

“I thought maybe we could have some fun with this and just make fun of them,” Bowman said.

Photo courtesy of Black Squirrel

by Tim Regan June 8, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

Happy hour Borderstan

Like discounted drinks and food? Like a free Borderstan T-shirt? Like the work of co-editors Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan?

We’ve got some good news.

We’ve reserved the Hooch Room on the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan community happy hour tomorrow, Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ramonas, Regan and other Borderstan staffers for $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers. We’ll also have Borderstan T-shirts for the first 15 people who show up.

This is an open invite. But we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let us know by emailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Like discounted drinks and food? Like a free Borderstan T-shirt? Like the work of co-editors Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan?

Borderstan has some good news.

We’ve reserved the Hooch Room on the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan community happy hour on Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ramonas and Regan for $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers. We’ll also have Borderstan T-shirts for the first 15 people who show up.

This is an open invite. But we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let us know by emailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by December 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Borderstan is hosting a reader happy hour at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) tomorrow. You should come.

Here’s why:

  • Borderstan co-editors Tim “Slam Dunk” Regan and Andrew “Just Crazy ‘Bout Scooping” Ramonas will be there from 5 to 8 p.m. — so you know it will be a party.
  • Beer will cost $3, while Moscow mules will go for $6.
  • Sweet potato bacon fries are $3 and veggie burgers are $6.
  • We have the Sudhouse’s upper floor, a.ka. the “Hooch Room,” all to ourselves.
  • There is a pool table to settle neighborhood disputes through friendly games of billiards.

Though this is an open invite, we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP’ed ahead of time. And if you have any questions, let us know by e-mailing or tweeting at us.

See you tomorrow!

by December 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Who needs an excuse to go to another happy hour?

Uh, we do. That’s why we’ve reserved the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan reader happy hour on Tuesday Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

Join Borderstan co-editors Tim “Slam Dunk” Regan and Andrew “Just Crazy ‘Bout Scooping” Ramonas for drink and food specials between 5 and 8 p.m. Happy hour prices include $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers.

Attendees will also be able to play pool and board games or bask in the warm glow of two TVs.

Though this is an open invite, we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP’ed ahead of time. And if you have any questions, let us know by e-mailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by Tim Regan September 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Riggsby happy hour, photo via Riggsby has expanded its menu once again.

The restaurant, located in the Carlyle Hotel at 1731 New Hampshire Avenue NW, today announced it had launched a cocktail party-themed happy hour and Sunday brunch menu.

The new happy hour menu includes 11 hors d’oeuvres such as marinated olives and almonds, avocado and crab toast and spicy shrimp rolls. The new menu also includes a new drink menu with $6 martinis, Manhattans and gimlets alongside $4 local draft beers.

During brunch, guests can nosh on avocado toast with Maryland crab meat, jalapeno and pickled red onion, “morning after” sandwiches with eggs, prosciutto cotto and pecorino and chorizo breakfast burritos. The new brunch service also includes specialty cocktails such as mimosas and two different bloody mary drinks.

Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and brunch is served on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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by Sean Meehan August 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

La Tomate

La Tomate Italian Bistro in Dupont Circle is celebrating 28 years in business with happy hour and dinner specials until Sept. 17.

The restaurant, located at 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW, has been serving Italian food since 1987.

For the next month, the bistro will host a $10 happy-hour appetizer buffet every day, which includes one drink. Diners will also be able to order a three course dinner for $28.

Jonathan ten Hoopen, who has served as general manager at La Tomate since 1993, says that the restaurant owes its longevity in part to its consistency over the years and its crowd of regulars who live or work in Dupont Circle.

“We’ve had a loyal following since we’ve opened,” he said. “We’ve always been very neighborhood-involved and active in the Dupont community and we’ve kept our price point the same.”

Although La Tomate has focused on consistency over the years, the neighborhood and city around them have changed a lot, especially in recent years.

“The most change has happened in the last five years where development [in the] east has really started to pull away a lot of the business,” ten Hoopen said. “The three big areas for dining and bars used to be Dupont, Georgetown and Cleveland Park, and we’re now three neighborhoods that are suffering a little in that regard due to growth elsewhere.”

As the cost of living in Dupont Circle has gone up, younger customers have moved east, and new restaurants have followed, ten Hoopen says. La Tomate is hoping to bring diners and drinkers back to Dupont with more affordable options and happy hour specials.

Last year, the bistro converted one of its dining rooms into La Tomate Caffe, which serves lighter, more affordable breakfast and lunch options.

“We’ve had a loyal following since we’ve opened, but what we’re looking for now is to create the next group of loyal customers,” he said. “That’s been a challenge because of where the younger generation is living and the number of new options people have.”

While ten Hoopen admits that Dupont is no longer the trendiest restaurant spot in town, he doesn’t worry about La Tomate’s longevity looking forward, describing the restaurant as an “old favorite” that people will always return to.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve felt the shift in the concentration of diners and drinkers because they have so many more options now,” he said. “But we benefit from being a neighborhood bistro for so long. It’s less of a trendy destination and more of a regular, comfortable place to be.”

by Tim Regan June 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm 0

Bourbon upstairs space

Bourbon, the whiskey-soaked Adams Morgan hangout, wants patrons to bring their kids along for happy hour.

Each Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., the bar opens its upstairs space to grown-ups and kids alike during “kiddy happy hours.” The idea is simple: Drinks for the adults, cartoons, music and coloring for the kids.

Jessica Dallesasse, Bourbon’s general manager, says the bar started its kid-friendly happy hours about six months ago when a patron complained they had nowhere to take her kids during happy hour.

Now, Dallesasse says the event attracts up to 20 parents each week, and even more during the school year.

“Parents don’t often get to go out to eat or drink with their friends,” says Dallesasse. “So they just all bring their kids to a bar. The kids don’t get bored and the parents don’t get bored.”

While parents buy drinks and food at happy hour prices, kids can munch on chicken nuggets, french fries and mac and cheese from the bar’s kitchen.

And even though kids can roam the upstairs bar freely, they’re always within view of their parents, Dallesasse says. “It’s not like they just drop them off and walk away,” she adds.

Are the kids well-behaved? Dallesasse says, mostly. “There’s never been any temper tantrums or anything,” she says. “The only thing that can get loud is all the kids running around.”

Photo courtesy of Bourbon

by April 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


The LCCA will hold April’s happy hour on Tuesday, April 2. Pictured above is Civil War General John A. Logan of Illinois in Logan Circle. (Borderstan)

The Logan Circle Community Association‘s (LCCA) “First Tuesday” happy hour will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at the offices of McWilliams|Ballard realtors (1402 14th Street NW). The happy hour, which includes food and beverages, will take place from 6 until 8 pm.

Established in 1972, the LCCA works to “promote the civic and social interests of residents.” The association sponsors monthly membership programs on selected topics, volunteer committees, social opportunities and neighborhood activity announcements.

According to LCCA, “The Association represents the Greater Logan Circle area, bounded by S Street to the north, K Street to the south, 9th Street to the east and 16th Street to the west. Membership is open to anyone who resides or owns a business or property within its boundaries.”

For more information, visit the LCCA website for contact information.

by February 27, 2013 at 9:30 am 0


Capital PRIDE at MOVA. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A happy hour celebration benefiting Capital PRIDE will take place on Wednesday, February 27, at MOVA Lounge, 2204 14th Street NW.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Capital PRIDE and its community partner, Different Drummers.

The happy hour will take place from 6-9 pm – and there will be raffle prizes. For more information, contact apisapia[AT]

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by February 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Aparna Krishnamoorthy. Email her at aparna[AT] Follow her on Twitter @aparnakris.

Awww shucks. Let's just have fun. Borderstan oyster happy hours. (Aparna

Awww shucks. Let’s just have fun at Borderstan oyster happy hours. (Aparna Krishnamoorthy)

Oysters have always been an elegant, complex, luxury treat in my book. But then again, there are some times when I just want to gorge on these beauties along with a few glasses of wine, and not have to sell a kidney to pay the resulting tab.

If you want to enjoy oysters at a reasonable price alongside a glass of wine or a cocktail, Happy Hour is clearly the way to go. Here are some reliable bets in Borderstan to enjoy these briny bivalves:

  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace: This popular 14th Street haunt needs no introduction. Its Happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm, includes two-for-one local oysters along with drink specials. Definitely shuck it out for a gluttonous, great time.
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar: A visit to Hank’s is a must for anyone who wants a good oyster deal. The happy hour is offered daily from 5 to 7 pm and late night from 10 pm to midnight, both of which are ideal times to take advantage of a good oyster special. Great atmosphere, $1 oysters at the bar, friendly service — Hank’s knows the way to my heart. It fills up pretty quickly most evenings, so get there early!
  • Urbana: I recently discovered the Happy Hour at this subterranean wine bar. $1 oysters and $8 pizzas, along with $5 sparkling, reds and whites make this a great deal. $1 oysters are even more delightful when accompanied by the bar’s oyster-friendly happy hour list of wine, beer and cocktails. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 pm daily. Urbana recently started a monthly oyster and beer happy hour on the first Friday of each month: $6 for six oysters and a pint of Port City beer. There is really nothing to think about here.
  • Black Jack: Okay, its happy hour is literally an hour each day Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 7 pm, which is a bit sad, but that just means more oysters crammed in less time, right? Black Jack has two-for-one oysters just like Pearl Dive, but here’s the best part: They have an all-day Happy Hour on Sundays from 3 pm to close. Stumble in after a bottomless brunch to continue Sunday Funday activities.
  • Tabaq: Did you know Tabaq has $1 oyster specials everyday from 5 to 7 pm and again from 10 pm to midnight along with Happy Hour cocktails? I did not, and hence I have not been to this one yet. If you have, what did you think?
  • Tel’veh: I know, this is not technically in Borderstan, but with $1 oysters and over 48 wines by the glass to choose from, this lesser known cousin of Agora a few blocks from Chinatown makes it completely worthwhile to step (not too far) out of Borderstan. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4.30 to 7:30 pm.

So there you go, tame that oyster craving and quench that thirst without a huge dent in your wallet. Tell me in the comments if I missed your favorite!

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by February 18, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


Poste is at 555 8th Street NW. (Courtesy Poste Brasserie)

Poste may not technically be in the Borderstan neighborhood, but the brasserie-style 8th Street NW restaurant is all about going “local” for its happy hour. Poste’s newly launched “All-local Happy Hour” features ingredients and beverages grown and made in the DC area.

Included on the new menu are the following specials:

  • Beers from DC Brau, Port City Brewery and Chocolate City Brewery
  • Drinks with Green Hat Gin and Catoctin Creek Rye and a special Thibaut-Jannison Virginia Fizz
  • Food ingredients sourced entirely from local farms and producers including Polyface Farms, Rappahannock River Oysters, Gordy’s Pickle Jar and War Shore Oyster Company
  • Food items such as Papa Weaver Pork Sausage Burger Sliders, Maryland Blue Crab and Potato Croquettes, Polyface Farms Wings and more

All drink specials are available from 11 am. to 7 pm, Monday to Friday and from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Food items, priced between $4 and $8, are available from 5 to 7 pm daily.

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by February 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Lauren Levine. Email her at lauren[AT]

"happy hour"

The Happy Hour quandary. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s 5:30 pm, and you’re about to hit send on your last email of the day. What are you going to do with your five hours before bedtime?

Every Monday through Friday, young professionals are presented with the same quandary over and over – should I go to happy hour today? So then why does it often feel like we have to physically drag ourselves to the treasured DC tradition that is happy hour?

Maximizing the Happy

Here are some tips for maximizing the “happy” in your hour(s):

  • Do what you want. If you’re fantasizing about that sushi delivery guy and West Wing on Netflix more than that friend you’re going to meet, simply don’t go! We have enough obligations as it — reschedule it for a time when you’ll be more psyched to dish on your non-existent love life or work frustrations. Plus, your friend will appreciate your honesty if you just say, “I’ve had a rough day and want to give you my full attention. Can we do this next week?”
  • Bring a late afternoon snack to work that day. Is it just me, or do you feel gross when you leave a happy hour? You drink three beers before the specials end at 7 pm, and then you wolf down some cheesy fries… and a quesadilla… and those 30-cent buffalo wings were too good to pass up. A pre-happy hour snack at your desk will leave you full enough to save the munchies for when you get home to real food.
  • Don’t let work dominate a work happy hour. So your coworker managed to rally the office to the bar, and now you all spend 3 hours talking about your least favorite client or how frustrated you are with the other side of the aisle. Gosh, you just worked for eight to 10 hours — the least you could do to actually take the edge off is talk about Game of Thrones or the Caps or something. Plus it’s nice to know your coworkers as real people.
  • Really talk to new people. You know when you’re looking forward to some big happy hour so you can meet new people, but then you find someone you know and stand in the corner and talk to them the whole time? It can be hard to muster the energy to start from scratch with someone after a long day, so pump yourself up for it with some iTunes jams on the walk over. It could save you from an awkward OKCupid date later on. Plus, there’s a sweet deal going on if you wanna buy someone a drink, you stud, you.

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by February 21, 2012 at 11:30 am 1,845 0

indoor, shuffelboard, Lebodome, Gary Denham, Flickr

Indoor shuffleboard and happy hour are a natural match. (Photo by Gary Denham, Flickr)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at scott[at]

So I looked at my calendar and realized it was winter. Sure, there has been only one quarter-day of snow worth mentioning, but technically we should be wearing hats and scarves while shunning the outside.  The reason I know it’s winter is the fact all that fun/goofy D.C. sports leagues have moved indoors (yes, kickball is not that hardcore, sadly).

Two years ago some friends and I played indoor Bocce at the now defunct TomTom in Adams Morgan (thank heaven this dump closed). For $10 Blue Moon pitchers during league play and a relaxed environment, this was pretty fun. Sadly though the league was full of adult ringers who dominated the Yuppie drunk crowd in the playoffs, thus ensuring it was only a one season experience. However, recently, thanks to my girlfriend’s team having a breakup/open-spot, I am enjoying a new sport: shuffleboard.

For those of you who thought immediately of your grandparent’s retirement home shuffleboard with long sticks and mahjong in the background, think again. This shuffleboard is indoors, on a sand-dusted, long wooden table that requires soft touch and Curling-like strategy (…a Canadian on your team could go a long way).  If you are unsure if this is right for you, here is why I think ANYONE can and should play.

No Skills Required. None. Zero. A monkey could play this game. The hardest part of this game is drinking while shuffling and I think that most of y’all out there are great multitaskers.  You learn the rules quickly and anyone can score big on any throw.

It’s A Social Event. There are a lot of teams and only so many tables, so there are some down times between matches that are perfect for socializing and meeting new people. The atmosphere is very relaxed and people tend to be pretty friendly. Also, Buffalo Billiards is, as I’ve mentioned in this space before, a great place for game viewing as it has over 40 HD-TV’s.

Think Happy Hour With Games. Sadly, too few HH’s I attend have billiards, darts, ski-ball and large edition Jenga available to you while drinking. This shuffleboard league includes all of that because of the great venue – so even when you aren’t competing, you can play something else.

This is by far the most stress-free league I have played in during all of my time as a D.C. resident. If you have a small group of friends looking to have some extra fun on Thursdays, this is perfect. If you need a bit more, I saw that kickball sign ups have already started… damn straight I am kicking again this Spring.

What’s Been Grinding My Gears

I am DONE liking Chris Brown. He had his 2nd chance – and acted like an ass.

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • Cool fashion items + local DJ’s = Pop-Up Shop on U Street this Friday night.
  • Major League Baseball is dusting off the cobwebs.
  • The Madness of March is soon.

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by March 4, 2011 at 5:15 am 1,557 0

Garden District, Logan Circle, 14th Street NW

Garden District at 14th and S Streets NW will not reopen this spring. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Garden District Won’t Reopen This Spring

A hat tip to 14th & You for reporting that Garden District won’t reopen for business this spring after owner Joe Carmack posted the news on the store’s website. The business was in bankruptcy in November 2009, but Carmack reorganized and moved the store across the street to the current location last year. The original location was the site of the soon-to-be Standard hamburger place on the northeast corner of 14th and S Streets. (Garden District also briefly had an indoor plant store where Estadio is now located, at 14th and Church.) A certain member of the Borderstan team reports that he will sorely miss being able to walk over to 14th and pick up plants for his garden. Garden District was open for 10 years.

Worst Week in Washington, Solved? Mayor Gray Decides Background Checks Needed

By all accounts, the Gray Administration has had a tough week or two between vehicles, terminations and police in tiny buildings. We applaud his move, reported by the Post, to now require background checks for political hires. Or, in their words, “it is clear that the approach was not thorough enough to address all relevant issues and questions for Excepted Service appointments.”



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